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Chinese Stories of Drug Addiction : Beyond the Opium Dens (Hardcover) (Guy Ramsay)
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Addiction to an ever-increasing range of illicit drugs is a pressing social concern across greater China, where, at present, there likely are several million drug addicts. This book systematically evaluates how drug addiction is represented and constructed in a series of contemporary life stories and filmic stories from mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. These stories recount experiences leading up to drug addiction and experiences during drug addiction, as well as experiences during drug rehabilitation and recovery. Through analysis of these contemporary life stories and filmic stories,Chinese Stories of Drug Addiction presents a comprehensive picture of how Chinese people from both inside the experience of drug addiction and outside of it make sense of a social practice that is deemed to be highly transgressive in Chinese culture.